Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival | 8 – 29 Dec 2019

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Lobethal Lights

The Lights of Lobethal Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over sixty years. Created by the community of Lobethal, the true spirit of Christmas has now evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Following the official “Lights On” ceremony residents will turn on their lights and these wonderful light displays will remain lit each night until Sunday 29 December.

Lights On Ceremony, Carols & Fireworks | Sunday 8 December 2019 from 6pm

This iconic event brings together family and friends for the official opening of the Lobethal Lights. This fun evening takes place in and around the Main Street of Lobethal.

Carols in the Valley

Starts at 7pm at the Lutheran Church, Main Street, which is followed by the opening ceremony and fireworks.

Lights On Ceremony & Fireworks | 8.30pm – 9pm

The switching on of the lights marks the start of the lights festival, this is followed by the large fireworks display on the Lobethal Lutheran School oval.

Light Displays

The Lobethal community light up their homes and businesses to create an impressive display throughout the town.

Please note: this is a Dry Zone area.

Centennial Hall Market

The Centenial Hall Market is open every night from 8 – 29 December (excluding December 25), from 6pm until late. This is the place to browse a variety of arts and craft stalls and to discover and enjoy a range of local produce.  Local community members will be serving light refreshments inside, plus strawberries and ice-cream and a sausage sizzle out the front. There will be a wonderful selection of food stalls and food is also available from local pubs, cafes and takeaway shops. Kloses Foodland will also be open till late each night of the event. Santa will make his official entrance in the Senior Citizen Hall and will be available for visits until 22 December 2019.

Lobethal Living Nativity | Sunday 8 – Monday 23 December 2019 | Nightly at 8:50pm & 9:20pm

Performed in front of the Lobethal Lutheran Church, Main Street, Lobethal, the renowned Lobethal Living Nativity is a gift from the Hills Christian Churches to the people.  It is a traditional re-enactment of the events of the first Christmas complete with a real baby “Jesus”, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels and Wise men. Plus a large menagerie of animals featuring camels, donkeys, goats, lambs, calves, tame doves, a baby alpaca and a dog, all set in a straw strewn stable producing the appropriate sights, sounds and smells.

The Biblical text and carols accompany the 15 minute “show”, which is performed at 8.50 and 9.20 each evening, beginning on Sunday 8 December 2019, and running until, and including, 23 December 2019. Authenticity is a major factor in the costumes also, and no expense has been spared over the years. All materials and decorations have been carefully chosen, designed, lovingly sewn and financed by local Christians.

Presented nightly in front of the Lutheran Church, Main Street, Lobethal.

First show | 8.50pm – 9.10pm

Second show | 9.20pm – 9.40pm

NOTE: The first performance on opening night is later as it follows the fireworks display which is at 9pm.

Light Trails | 8 – 29 December 2019 | nightly from dusk til 11pm

For your convenience and to improve traffic flow, we suggest you follow the Light Trail map colours to view the Lights of Lobethal. The Light Trails are prominently highlighted with specific colours making your driving easier. However, feel free to discover more lights down other streets of Lobethal where you may discover other wonderful light displays.

There are now also Lobethal Town Lights Tours available. As a supporter of the Lights of Lobethal Festival, Essay Bus Tours provide tours around the Lights of Lobethal, with the option to start either from Lobethal or from Adelaide. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Lobethal Pageant Night | Monday 23 December 2019 | Main Street closed from 6pm – 10pm

Lobethal’s Main Street comes to life on Monday 23 December as the community (and Santa!) joins in. The Christmas spirit is enjoyed by all through participation in and support of the annual Christmas Pageant Parade. On this night, the Main Street will be closed to all traffic from 6.00pm – 10pm, with the pageant parade starting  officially at 7.30pm. Arrive early to secure a park and ensure a good viewing location.

There are lots of food stalls and a fantastic festival atmosphere with Centennial Hall open for all your last minute gift ideas.

This is the final night to see the Living Nativity for 2019.

This is a Family Event. Please leave your drinks at home, and keep it a Dry Zone.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Lights of Lobethal website.

What:  Lights of Lobethal Festival 

When:   Sunday 8 – Monday 29 December 2019

Where:  Lobethal, Adelaide Hills | map

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Lights of Lobethal Website & Facebook page.

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